One of the most influential people was my high school principal. He was an absolutely incredible guy. I got to work really closely with him because I was in student government, and I got to know him pretty well. His ability to lift others and see the best in people, no matter their background or choices in life was inspiring. He never failed to teach a quick life lesson or simply share a huge smile every time I saw him. He inspired me to be better, to do better, and continually “strive for excellence.”
He passed away a few years ago due to complications from cancer, but the lessons he taught continue to inspire others to this day. He left a legacy of learning, loving, and living life that won’t be forgotten.
Every time we met for lunch meetings, we went to Mimi’s cafe. Without fail, he would order a few rounds of their Fried Pickles. The first time we went, everyone in the group was hesitant to try them – but now I crave them on a regular basis! I try not to eat a lot of fried foods, so I decided to bake them (like our zucchini bites). They turned out delicious – AND they are a great reminder of some pretty sweet memories.